Genoa Bridge Collapse:
Contemplations on travel and architectural infrastructure.
Published by Zorana Kostovic | Associate | Project Manager
Truly disturbing news – a motorway bridge has collapsed in Genoa, Italy. The bridge, which was a little over 50 years old, unexpectedly collapsed after heavy rainfall. Tragically, over 22 casualties have been reported.
The images, and even a video of the bridge collapsing, instills people with a range of emotions from sorrow to despair. Many individuals are left wondering, how safe is an average days commute?
I generally have a soft spot for bridges – for the engineering as well as the beauty and social and cultural importance of bridges for every society. I like them new and old, long and short, high in the air and low above the water, for vehicles and for pedestrians…
Historic bridges like this one are my favorite – The Old Stone Bridge in Visegrad. Built during the XVI Century, Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, has simplified crossing the Drina River between Bosnia and Herzegovina for over 400 years.
I do feel disheartened when a bridge collapses or gets destroyed.
This is the one I don’t think I will ever forget – a clear demonstration of the laws of physics and seismic movements in action.
Kobe, Japan, earthquake of 1995
I have a serious problem justifying the destruction of bridges through war actions. I think it overall hurts more than it (temporarily) contributes. Some of the casualties of war that I know and care about: 60-yr old steel bridge over Danube River in Novi Sad (Serbia)& Old Stone Bridge in Mostar (Bosnia, XVI Century AD)
Žeželj Bridge – Steel Bridge over Danube River in Novi Sad (Serbia, 1961-1999)
Stari Most Bridge – Old Stone Bridge in Mostar (Bosnia, XVI Century AD)